April 23rd, 2013
This week, we'll be in full-fledged playoffs in high school baseball and slow-pitch softball.
Last week was a rough one on LeFlore County's baseball and softball teams. All of the Class A baseball teams â€” Arkoma, Cameron and Howe â€” and seven of the nine softball teams all have been eliminated. Only Leflore and Whitesboro boys and Wister girls claimed district titles last week to advance to this week's regional tournaments.
Class 4A, 3A and 2A baseball district tournaments and the regional tournaments for the Poteau and Wister girls will be this week. The complete schedule is listed below.
The Carl Albert State College baseball team started its busy stretch of games by splitting a four-game series over the weekend against Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa. The two teams split Sunday's doubleheader in Tonkawa, with the Vikings taking the nightcap 8-6 after losing the opener 7-1.
On Saturday at Ival Goodman Field, the two split a pair in the same fashion. Carl Albert won the second game 8-3 after losing the first contest 3-0 in eight innings.
Raymond Eugene Thompson Sr., 61, of Poteau died Monday, April 22, 2013, in Poteau.Â Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Greenhill Cemetery Pavilion, Cameron. Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
FORT GIBSON â€” The Poteau Pirates baseball team had a good Friday at the rain-shortened Fort Gibson Tournament, beating Tulsa Victory Christian 11-4 and Bristow 3-2 in eight innings.
SPIRO â€” Spiro baseball coach Paul Croft notched his 200th coaching win on Saturday as his Bulldogs swept a pair of games from Jacksonville, Ark., winning 10-0 and 6-5.
In the opener, the Bulldogs scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings, then broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning for a 9-0 lead.
In the nightcap, the Bulldogs broke a 5-all tie with a run in the fifth inning.
WILBURTON â€” The Carl Albert State College softball team suffered a pair of Saturday road losses against archrival Eastern Oklahoma State College by scores of 6-5 in nine innings and 5-3.
The Lady Vikings were rained out of today's road twinbill in Shawnee against Seminole State. It has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday.
Seminole State and Carl Albert will play a twinbill here at 2 p.m. Friday. The Lady Vikings will entertain Connors State in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Plans for a Cinco de Mayo festival in Poteau have been canceled.
Folks looking for traditional Mexican entertainment that weekend aren't out of luck, however.
Heavener Runestone Park will hold its Latin Flair Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 4, according to organizer Mike Kennerson.
Poteau Main Street Matters dropped plans for it May 5 celebration because preparations fell behind schedule with the recent departure of executive director Kerri Powers, said new manager Eric Standridge.
The Poteau Pirates age 14-and-younger baseball team won the Greenwood (Ark.) Slugfest last weekend. Front row, from left â€” Dawson Perry, Derek Carroll, Rece Ward, Grant Buckles and Kale Barcheers. Back row â€” Alex Damato, Cade Smith, Ben Klutts, Tristan Thompson, Corry Duncan, Grant Shipman and coach Ron Ward. Not pictured â€” Coach Steve Smith.
Photo by Suzanne Klutts
â€śA Bike for Daylonâ€ť will happen May 18. Daylon is a 13-year-old with cerebral palsy who wants a bike to ride with his family.
Funds are being raised to help his parents purchase an adaptive bike for him.
For more information, call Rachel Pickerel at (918) 649-4028.
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The second annual Brittney Cox Memorial Golf Tournament 2-Man Scramble will take place at 8 a.m. and approximately 1 p.m. Saturday at Choctaw Country Club.
The entry fee is $135 per team, but for teams that have golf carts their fee will be $120.
The Poteau Spirit Center named its March Stars of the Month.
Kasidy Jacobs attends the PSC cheer class and was chosen as a Star of the Month for achievingÂ her back walkover and for all of her inspiration with the team.
Kristie Morrison attends PSC tumbling class she has recently joined the class and has been chosen the star of the month for achieving her back handspring as well as her hard work and dedication.
Isabella Law is in the PSC gymnastics class, works very hard during class and is showing great improvement.